Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday Flashback & I GOT A JOB!

WOO-HOO...Somebody WANTS me!!!

Now if I could just figure out how this interview went any different! I've been interviewing since late April and prospective employers would say, "We'll get back with you in a FEW WEEKS." Didn't they need someone NOW? I just don't get the mentality here, but that's because I cut my big girl teeth in the Silicon Valley where you seriously have to hold your own!

I went on the "winning" interview Thursday at 3:20pm, finished by 3:45pm, pulled into my driveway at 4:30 and they were on the phone with an offer. Additionally, if I could start by the 24th, I could enjoy a 4.6% increase as of July 1. Um, yeah?!

To my benefit, all I can say is this was a jury of my peers type interview. We seemed to be *ahem* all in the same station of life, and I am excited to have some prospective friends and co-workers. My last couple of jobs were in small locations with few employees.

So now that you're all hepped up, how about a flashback into "Old Jobs". OMG, mine are SO varied. And look at those notes, WHY did I put up with this??? lol

Dental Assistant - 2 yr in high school; 1 yr in college - pre-glove era; pre-AIDS

Chevrolet Assembly Line Worker - 3 mo. while in college on an assignment. What an education, and what a fun job! I kid you not!

Nutrition Aide in Senior's Home - 2 weeks - served toast

Data Entry clerk - 3 yrs - Sprinkler system design - worked in unheated warehouse in MI

Data Entry clerk - 2 yrs - office made in retired bathroom lounge

Mortgage collections servicing clerk - 3 yrs - loved working near home

Secretary to Comptroller @ another mortgage co. - 1 yr. - WAY out of my element

Clerk at same mortgage co. auditing mortgage packages - 2 yrs. - b-o-r-i-n-g

Home child care - 11 years while 3 girls were young - was like getting paid to stay home. We had a blast...all of us!
Shipping store manager - 6 years - I can still pack the snot into/out of anything or design anything out of cardboard.
Retail fish monger - 6 mo. - Kids would ask me to go to the laundry room to peel off my clothes before I socialized with the family

Shrimp Importing Secretary - 6 years - I.loved.this.job. Got to organize every bit of this company into a well-oiled machine. Every thing from choosing the software to designing the entire UPC system. Nothing better than working from which you created.

Community Television Admin. Asst. - 1 yr - I.loved.this.job. Had to leave some very dear friends and associates behind when dh's job shifted. I was chief-cook-and-bottle washer, learned how to film television programs and do live shoots. A great creative outlet.

I start Tuesday, I'll probably not catch up with myself until next weekend, this will be an adjustment after almost 3 months of sleeping in until 5:15 (OK, so I'm an early riser!) and doing our "own thang".

Wish me luck!


Norma said...

My husband was part of a big corporate lay off a few years ago. He spent eleven months doing the interview thing. I think it is so rude that they put you on hold and then forget you. I mean your whole life sometimes depends on their yea or nay.

Had the same problem last year when he changed jobs. They took so long to call him that he figured he wasn't getting second interview and we left on a trip. DD was frantically trying to track us down because they were frantically calling.

Again, congrats...........hey, you can stitch on the bus!

Kim said...

So now what are you going to be doing/adding to your list of insanely varied employment? That's pretty exciting news! Congrats!

Leah S said...

Oy! You've been a busy gal. :)

Let's see, I worked as an account's payable clerk. For 2 years. And eh, that's it. :P

On the other hand, any time my Dad tries to say being jobless isn't good, I remind him that HE was jobless for the first 3 months of his marriage before landing a company that he was with for almost 22 years. :)

But good luck with settling in and adjusting! :) (And I find it a little odd that you're starting on Sunday?)

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Well done - so what's the job? How much quilting and knitting time will have to be sacrificed?

Christine Thresh said...

I wish you luck. I hope the job is a heart-singing one.
Will you have time for quilting?

Susan H. said...

Congratulations! I hope you like the job and your co-workers (that is important). I also hope it leave you with time to quilt and visit with us.

Niki said...

Good for you girl! So did I miss it in the post, or what will you be doing now? You've sure worn your share of hats in the industries. I hear ya with job hunting. I went to school (yet again) in January for one semester for a certificate to get a job right out of school...Ya right! I'm still job hunting and school's been out a month. Very frustrating. Congrats to ya !

Nancy said...

Double WOO-HOO!!!! And WOW, you've done an even bigger variety of things than I have. LOL!

I have to laugh about the kids making you strip in the laundry room when you work as a fish monger. I work in the oil field industry and our mechanic's wife makes him strip in the garage.

And BTW, you SLEEP IN until 5:15????? If I didn't have to work that would be a "going to bed" time NOT a "getting up" time! A morning person I'm not. LOL!

Anne said...

Congratulations on the new job! I hope you will like it there and that the work will be challenging and fun :o)

And boy! have you done loads of different jobs in your life :o) What a variety of experience!

Guðrún said...

Congratulations on your new job, I do hope you will like it.

Tanya said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You sound like your are qualified for anything! Give us details on how it goes!

Tanya Brown said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on your new job!

I love the list of jobs you've held. I'll bet you have some great war stories.

Dana said...

Congratulations on your new job! I love reading of all the jobs you have had. You've had some interesting ones, haven't you? Good luck to you.